Jan 14, 2013 6:30pm PST
down on income tax evasion by higher earners. the party is planning to make the issue a top campaign topic in the national elections that are taking place letter -- later this year. >> they have been meeting and they and build that plant, which even some inside the party say will not raise -- been meeting and they unveiled that plan, which even some inside the party say will not raise support. >> the social democrat challenger for chancellor says this must stop. >> if the vast majority of german taxpayers feel as if they are the stupid ones for being honest about paying taxes, it begs the question how just is the system in this country. >> the social democrats are calling for a number of measures, including rescinding the licenses of banks accused of systematically helping tax dodgers. they want to create a central authority to investigate tax fraud and harmonize procedures across the federal states. they also want to extend the statute of limitations on tax crimes. they want to improve coordination in europe when it comes to issues like exchanging information. angela merkel's christ
Jan 13, 2013 6:30pm PST
a listen. >> there may be some tax provisions that can encourage businesses to hire sooner rather than sitting on the sidelines. so we're taking a look at those. i think it is important, though, to recognize that if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the us economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession. >> i remember that well. and at the time it was going on, i do occasionally find myself in meetings with very serious people myself. i guess i am personally one now and then. there was this widespread view among people, and not all of it venal, not all of it self-interested, that somehow things were hanging by a thread. that any day now we could have a run on u.s. government debt, which was wrong. but, okay, i can see how people could for a while have believed that. but a lot of time has gone by since then. and i hope that at least some people have learned better. but it's amazing how little the continued failure of these warnings to actually be vindicated by anything has -- how lit
Jan 13, 2013 6:00pm PST
and tax at a higher level to pay for it. jack lew is exactly the kind of liberal historically who has been his warrior on the front in negotiating on this. there is no indication that lew would go in any other direction, and it is clear to me that by this series of agreements obama has made, unlike added a first term more features people of independent stature, he has gone from a team of rivals to team of underlings. >> well, that is one nomination, but the nomination of former srepublican senator chuck hagel to head the department of defense has generated heat and light. zbigniew brzezinski, general john johns, brent scowcroft, as well as colin powell and former defense secretary bob gates. the senate has rejected only nine cabinet nominees to will chuck hagel be the 10th? >> i don't think so. i thought he would have an easier time that he has, but when all is said and done, there are lots of people from the bush administration, high-visibility people -- npr on friday morning , one spoke extreme in the -- extremely well of hagel. but the way that republicans are approaching cabinet appoin
Jan 15, 2013 6:30pm PST
the greatest news for those without a job, but there was good news for the german tax man. >> absolutely. the government has been able to reach its budget plans earlier than expected. the new debt load has been lower than expected, and this has been very good news, although the government also lowered its forecast for the economy, but here at the financial markets, people are more or less happy about the fact that the german economy will be able to avoid a recession. >> let's move on to corporate news then. record sales at s.a.p. we heard today. >> very good numbers. surprisingly good numbers coming from the sales side, but the profits went down because s.a.p. had to do some big investments, buying new technology, and investors have been very disappointed. shares are down by more than 12% on the frankfurt floor, but also the market is down in general. the dax loses 1% at the moment. the euro stoxx 50 is down by 0.75%, waiting for wall street, opening up significantly lower, and the dollar -- the euro is also significantly down. and at air berlin is to cut 900 jobs in the next two years.